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Archive for February, 2012

Families ‘Overcharged’ for Energy

Research published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), a political think-tank established to promote “social justice, democratic participation and economic and environmental sustainability in government policy”, suggests millions of households may be paying more for their electricity and gas central heating as a result of anti-competitive measures employed by energy suppliers. The IPPR […]

Insulation Referrers Offered £50 by British Gas

British Gas, one of the UK’s leading energy suppliers, has offered to pay £50 to any person who refers a “vulnerable” individual for free cavity wall and loft insulation from the firm. The incentive is being implemented as part of a wider campaign to improve the energy efficiency of households across the UK. If more homes […]

Does Switching Tariffs Really Save Money?

An undercover investigation into tariff switching has revealed that many of the UK’s leading energy suppliers are guilty of misleading customers over prices. The investigation, which aimed to establish whether switching tariffs between suppliers offered any financial rewards, was carried out by consumer group Which? earlier this month. Requesting quotes from supermarket-based sales teams, Which? […]

Government Pledges Support for Domestic Solar

Despite having reduced solar subsidies for households by more than half – a change that will take effect from April – the British Government has declared that almost four million homes in the UK will run on solar power by 2020. The ambitious claim is guaranteed to raise a few eyebrows after government officials agreed […]

Get On Board The Big Switch Energy Campaign

Thanks to rocketing gas and electricity costs, the very thought of not paying through the roof for electricity and gas central heating seems like the stuff of fiction. But a new campaign has launched which aims to stop energy providers ripping off customers.   With record numbers of people falling into fuel poverty – which […]

Green Energy Report Kept Under Wraps

Consultancy firm KPMG has announced that it does not intend to publish the findings of a report analysing the potential cost of government policy on green energy. The decision to keep the full facts of the report hidden from public consumption was made after elements of the British media ran several misleading and inaccurate stories […]

New Building Regs to Enforce Zero-Carbon Compliance

According to new measures proposed by the UK Government, zero-carbon homes are destined to become more prevalent within the next four years, whilst householders could be required to implement energy efficiency improvements throughout the home if they carry out renovations. Government support for zero-carbon homes was declared some time ago, but the suggestion of forcing […]

Energy Secretary Resigns Over Speeding Offence

Energy secretary Chris Huhne has tendered his resignation after learning that he is set to face criminal charges following a driving offence he allegedly attempted to cover up.  The allegations relate to a 2003 speeding charge which saw Huhne’s former wife allegedly take the blame for an offence which he is said to have committed. […]